Sep 27, 2007

Nine Protestors Shot and Killed while Shouting, "Give Us Freedom"—Tiananmen Square Deja Vu

When I read about the tens of thousands of peaceful protesters in Burma (no fair that the military junta overthrew a sovereign government, rules by force, and insists on calling the country "Maynmar"), I was afraid of bloodshed. Any government that did what they did would stop at nothing less. Protesters, many of whom are monks, shouted, "Give us freedom."

Today, the government opened up their automatic rifles and fired into the crowd, killing nine and injuring others. The protest began August 19 in response to a much-loathed price hike. But when the Buddhist monks join in, the sheer numbers and the media coverage, must have severly threatened the junta.

One of those killed today was a Japanese journalist and protests from their Asian neighbor have been mighty.

The US has imposed additional economic sanctions and we bugged China to lay down the law with the country too. If anyone can have Burma's ear, it's the Chinese.

Sadly, there's likely to be further violence at the hands of the junta before the protests are silenced.

Long live Burma. May she come back to life once more!


My writer friend at Absurd Thoughts had this to say,

A very scary situation everybody should be made aware of.

Hang in there Burmese people, most everybody in the world is behind you 100%.

Bush slammed the UN and the rulers of Myanmar in his UN speech earlier this week.

Some people are saying that America should intervene militarily. No way, not the way to go. But of course, if the USA did go in, they would get everybody screaming in protest.

No, the UN must do something, but they never use military force to fight when it is needed.
That is a huge problem. And they rarely do anything anyway to stop conflicts like this from becoming genocide. Look at Rwanda.

You're right about China, they can get the Junta to stop if they press hard enough. They should before people start comparing their hardline ways to Myanmar's.

Illegal drug fortunes are at the heart of this.

absurd thought -
God of the Universe wants
complete narco states

criminals in power
loving the corrupt drug war

absurd thought -
God of the Universe says
shoot peaceful protesters

calling for democracy
which you must never allow

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